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Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group is the Residents Association for the area inside the ring road.

  • If you have an issue as a resident, small business or through any involvement with the city centre, we are willing to help.
  • Our aim is to create a vibrant, liveable, attractive City Centre for the benefit of all.
  • Our large contact list includes the City Council, Police, Business Improvement District, voluntary bodies, etc.
  • You can report incidents of anti-social behaviour at SAY SUMMAT and these will be collated for particular hot-spots and raised with the police.
  • We hold monthly public meetings at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday in the month at SRSB, Mappin Street.
  • If you are interested in becoming involved, email us.
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6th Off-licence Granted in West Street!

Despite strong protects from SCCRAG on behalf of residents and local businesses, the City Council Licensing Sub-Committee on 26-01-2017 granted a licence for a 6th alcohol outlet in 400 yards of West Street, which now becomes the alcohol epicentre of the city!

Representatives of Licensing told the meeting that is is the responsibility of the police to control the extreme anti-social behaviour caused by excessive alcohol on West Street. SCCRAG disagreed; this is a problem for EVERYONE to address, including the people handing out the licences!

When the previous (5th) licence was granted in June 2016, at our prompting the chair of licensing committee promised an investigation into whether a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) should be introduced. Nothing happened for six months, but in January 2017 work has begun …at last!

The photo above is an example of the alcohol problems on West Street. Taken outside the Department for Work & Pensions, Rockingham House, 123 West Street on Friday, 16 December 2016 @ 17:07hrs it shows spilled alcohol being licked off the pavement by an inebriated alcoholic.

Will the City Council do something to control this? SCCRAG is determined to get a three-year chaotic problem sorted.

Off-licence Application Hearing for 111 West Street

An 81 page report has gone to Sheffield Licensing Committee covering objections to the application for the 6th West Street Off-licence, to which SCCRAG is one of the objectors. The applicant appears to be from Chester and his representative is from Leicester, so they cannot be expected to have any knowledge of the alcohol-related anti-social behaviour problems suffered by residents and businesses around West Street. A call was made by a business owner to 999 mid-January, when a paralytic drugaholic lay prone in the middle of the street. One more off-licence is bound to add to the problem of anti-social behaviour caused by alcoholics with drug and sometimes mental health problems. Business owners and residents all agree – enough is enough.

The hearing is at the Town Hall at 10am on Thursday 26th January. All are welcome to attend. In particular those who have submitted an objection are entitled to present their objection verbally, possibly in summarised form such as a request from the meeting chair … “please summarise your objection in three minutes”. It is always beneficial to have personal experiences read out at the meeting, so if you have made an objection and can attend to speak to it, that will help strengthen the objectors’ case immensely.

The view of SCCRAG is that this application should be deferred until the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) – promised in June 2016 by the Chair of Licensing  – has been considered by Licensing Committee and decided upon. This application should then be considered in the light of any policy arising from that process. In the meantime SCCRAG is suggesting the venue opens as a convenience store.

For a copy of the SCCRAG objection to this application for a 6th off-licence in a 400 yard stretch of West Street, scroll down to the report.

January Public Meeting: Tuesday 10th at 6:30pm

SCCRAG’s January 2017 meeting is a review of current issues affecting the City Centre and a discussion on resident and local business priorities for the coming year.

We will be discussing …….
~ the latest application for an off-licence on West Street to be heard by Licensing Committee at 10am in the Town Hall on Thursday 26th January – making six on West Street if granted;
+ the Help-us-Help campaign for beggars & street drinkers and getting it fully functional;
+ whether premises licensing conditions should be available to view online;
+ issues surrounding the new bus & tram-gate on Glossop Road.
+ anything you want to raise that is viewed as a priority to be taken up by the City Centre Resident Action Group on behalf of residents and small businesses.

Join us if you are interested in life in the city centre at Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, 5 Mappin Street at 6:3pm to 8pm on Tuesday 10th January.

SCCRAG Objection to West Street Off-licence

30-12-2016: SCCRAG has submitted a comprehensive objection to the latest application to Licensing Committee for a new off-licence at 111 West Street at the junction  with Rockingham Lane. This would be the 6th outlet for cheap, strong alcohol in a short stretch of West Street.

In June 2016 SCCRAG opposed the application for a 5th off-licence, this one at 218 West Street, but it was nodded through by Licensing Committee with the view that the many objections raised failed to meet the Committee interpretation of the Licencing Act 2003.

As a consequence SCCRAG pointed out that the Council has the powers to develop a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP), which in turn can lead to the creation of an Alcohol Exclusion Zone. After some pressure, the Chair of Licensing agreed to this strategy.

However the initiative soon stalled and, despite emails from SCCRAG asking about progress on the CIP, there were no replies. In December, this application for 111 West Street was published …and the City Council STILL has no policy in place to limit the numbers.

Here is SCCRAG’s objection to the latest application 

This is our response to this failure of the Council to protect residents and local businesses from the serious problems of anti-social behaviour by drugaholics on West Street.

December Public Meeting, Tuesday 13th at 6:30pm

SCCRAG’s December meeting guest speaker is Greg Fell, the City Council’s recently appointed Director of Health, on City Centre health issues. These include the strategy for Disease and its Prevention, Lifestyle and Health, Children and Young People’s health, Community Well-being …. and the impact of Air Pollution.

Also an update on current city centre policing issues from Sgt. Matt Burdett – South Yorkshire Police officer attached to Sheffield’s Business Improvement District (BID)

Join us if you are interested in life in the city centre at Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, 5 Mappin Street at 6:3pm to 8pm on Tuesday 13th December.

November Public Meeting 08/11/2016

The next SCCRAG public meeting is Tuesday 8th November at Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind at 5 Mappin St. S1 4DT: 6:30pm to 8pm.

The topic is Street Community Issues – anti-social behaviour impacted by alcohol, drug use and begging. Speakers will be from agencies dealing with the current challenges.

All welcome

 

Sheffield City Health Report shows poor Central Ward results for smoking, alcohol and respiratory problems

The Director of Public Health Report for Sheffield, which was presented at a council meeting on Wednesday 5 October 2016, suggests that there are health inequalities in the city on a geographical basis which are not improving.

Despite the city centre only being classified as averagely deprived, the area was shown to have 553.1 smoking related diseases, 83.6 alcohol related diseases and 85.7 respiratory diseases per 100,000 people, higher than any other ward.

The Director of Public Health for Sheffield, Greg Fell, who presented the report said: “In some parts, people smoke too much, some people aren’t as active and some people drink more than they should. We probably can help more people with inequality.

Click HERE to download all the relevant reports. Click HERE for a You-Tube explanation from Health Director Greg Fell.

The report concludes by making 4 specific recommendations on how the City Council can make improvements over the next 12 months.